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The Murder of King Tut

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History of King Tutankhamen, boy king of Egypt in about 1324 and how Howard Carter found his tomb in the valley of the Kings under rubble and pyramid builder houses. King Tut was king only for a short time until he was murdered. I enjoyed the history did did not like the 2 chapters that gave too much information between him and his wife and a maiden. It also contained some history of how author as he writes the story.
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History

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The author loves book stores and books. It also incorporates some history of books and book shops.
Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography

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From childhood to TV series when in a tight circumstance he kept pushing himself beyond total exhaustion and acknowledges the need for others.
The Sugar Camp Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

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Good! A quilt is used to show guests on underground railroad the path to the next station.
Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology

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The author and his wife move to a community of conservative Amish or Mennonites that do not use motors. His goal is to see the effect on life when living without electricity. They have a car for a time but eventually sell it and buy a horse and buggy. He finds that this life style leads to more face-to-face interactions and support of each other. There is more time for leisure because technology needs time for maintenance and use. Using your body instead of labor saving devices is good exercise and is physically and emotionally rewarding. The author, a nominal Catholic, never seems to understand the scriptural reasons these people have for living in this lifestyle.
Before Green Gables: A Novel

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Very interesting. Is a story of Anne before she was adopted by the Cuthberts at Green Gables. The author paints a very hard childhood with her taking care children for poor families and in the process earning her keep. She loved words and treasured the occasional times she went to school. Very good for middle schoolers.Read while I laid around with bronchitis in January 2012.
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

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Fascinating analysis of forces that sway our decision making.
Ten Minutes from Normal

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Karen Hughes works as a journalist in Texas, joins G. W. Bush's run for governor, and continues with his campaign for president and works for 18 months as a counselor to the president. She and her husband chose to move back to Texas for their son's 3 remaining years of high school. She still remained involved with the Bush White House and traveled to DC from Texas. She is a Christian and includes scripture in the book. I liked learning how communication and politics works in the White House.
Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well

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A biblical view of aging and preparing for death. Easily read with lots of brief example stories and supporting scriptures. This book is well worth the time it took to read it!!
Thin Places: A Memoir

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I don't think I have ever read a book by a Christian woman who is so honest, open, and raw with her life. She experienced sexual abuse at 5 years, was devastated by the death of her biological father, saw her mother divorce 3 times, was saved at 15, struggles with trying to earn her way into God's love rather than accepting it as a gift. She married a Christian man, had 4 children and served 2 years in France in a church plant. Each chapter has a different theme of a crisis in her life that she directs to see hope in God. A thin place is holy ground where she experiences God.
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